The Warren Central Athletic Department has released the 2016-2017 Athletics Video Yearbook. With this release, the Warrior Nation will now be able to relive some of the greatest and most historical sports moments of the 2016-2017 school year. This video is dedicated to the class of 2017. #BeGreat
Congratulations to Warren Central standout student athlete Tristen Tonte. Tonte has been selected as the 2017 Marion County Male Athlete of the Year. Tonte becomes the seventh Warren Central Warrior to be selected as Marion County Athlete of the Year and joins Bob Anderson (1954), Gunars Janelsins (1964), Terry Woodburn (1969), Jeff George (1985), Justin Beriault (2000) and Kris Harley (2011).
In two years at Warren Central, Tonte was a 2-time IHSAA State Runner-Up in Wrestling and All State for three consecutive years. In football, as a senior, Tonte scored 31 TD's and rushed for over 1,100 yards. Tonte was named All-MIC, All Marion County, All State and selected to the North vs South All Star Football Game. Last week, Tonte was named the 2017 Warren Central Male Athelte of the Year. This fall, Tonte will play football for Marian University. Again, congrats to Warren Central graduate Tristen Tonte! #BeGreat
Congrats to Warren Central graduates Kayland Jackson and Tristen Tonte. Jackson and Tonte have been selected as the 2017 Warren Central Athletes of the Year. Last year's winners consisted of: Bryeana Byrdsong (Girls Track), Trent Pruitt (Wrestling) and Jackson Sandala (Boys Swim).
Last Saturday, June 3, Kayland Jackson became the first Lady Warrior to win back to back IHSAA Girls Track State Titles since Logan Hayes in (2009-2010). Jackson completed her second consecutive undefeated season in the 100m Hurdles and holds the school record. Jackson's consistency helped restore Warren Central Girls Track into a state power by helping the Lady Warriors place IHSAA State Runner-Up (2015) and IHSAA State Champions in (2016 & 2017). In addition to her track prowess, Jackson was selected to the All MIC and Marion County teams in volleyball. Jackson will leave Warren as one of the most decorated overall athletes in school history and will attend Western Kentucky, this fall, to play volleyball.
In two years, Tristen Tonte became one of the best overall athletes in a very talented Warren Central senior class of 2017. Tonte is 3-time IHSAA State Runner-Up in Wrestling and helped lead the Warriors to the IHSAA State Championship in (2016). Tonte led the wrestling team in scoring the past two years. Last fall, Tonte posted a dominate senior season for the Warren Central Football team. As starting running back, Tonte rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored over 30 touchdowns. Also, Tonte was a very effective back up QB. Tonte earned All MIC, All Marion County and All State honors in 2016. In addition, Tonte was selected to play in this summers North vs South All Star Football Game. Tonte will attend Marian University this fall and play football.
Again, congrats to Kayland Jackson and Tristen Tonte for being selected Athletes of the Year by the Warren Central Athletic Department!!
Heading to the final event of the 2017 IHSAA Girls Track State Finals, favorite and defending state champion Warren Central was down by one point to the Hamilton Southeastern Lady Royals. Enter the 4x400 Relay Team of Dejah Johnson, Tiler Tyler, K'ja Talley and Mikeisha Covington. At stake? The 44th IHSAA State Championship, an opportunity to win back to back state titles and the 5th in program history. Also, a large contention of Warrior fans in attendance all decked out in white. Is that enough pressure to place on the shoulders of two seniors, a sophomore and freshman? Fortunately, Coach Le'gretta Smith's Lady Warriors have been preparing for this moment since last September and were ready for the moment of their lives. Not only did the Lady Warriors win the 4x400m Relay (3:48.55) for the second year in a row, but they successfully secured Warren Central's 5th IHSAA Girls Track State Championship in 11 years.
As she has for the last two years, senior Kayland Jackson got the Lady Warriors started by winning her second consecutive IHSAA State Title in the 100m Hurdles (14.00). Kayland Jackson has ended her Warren Central career as one of the most accomplished female athletes in school history with two IHSAA State Championships and one IHSAA State Runner Up. Jackson went undefeated in both her junior and senior seasons. Freshman K'ja Talley came up big for the Lady Warriors by placing (8th) in the 100m Hurdles and (3rd) in the 300m Hurdles. Teammate Kennedy Batts placed (5th) in the 300m Hurdles and helped WC regain the momentum. Sophomore standout sprinter, Mikeisha Covington, picked up 14 big points for the Lady Warriors in the 400m Run (4th place) and the 200m Dash (2nd place). After the 200m Dash, Covington's performance helped close the HSE lead from 37-42 to 45-46. Senior teammate, Dejah Johnson, picked up one point in the 400m Run by placing (9th). Finally, the 4x100m Relay team of Jackson, Talley, Prommeyse Hoosier, and Ashley Baker placed (4th) and earned six points.
The Warren Central Lady Warriors have now won back to back IHSAA State Championships for the second time in program history. The senior class of Jackson, Anderson, Destiny Johnson, Baker, Dejah Johnson, Hicks, Waites and Tyler have all left a championship legacy at Warren Central. Most importantly, Coach Smith and the senior class proved on the evening of Saturday, June 3, that Warren Central Girls Track is still the best program in the state of Indiana!! #YouAreGreat
Congratulations to Warren Central legendary head coach, Gary Roberts. Coach Roberts was selected the 2017 Indiana Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year by the Indiana Girls Lacrosse Association (INGLA).
Roberts, who started the WC Girls LAX program just 5 years ago, led the Lady Warriors to a school record (12-6) finish. In addition, in the INGLA State Tournament, the Lady Warriors advanced to the "Elite 8" for the first time in school history by defeating Park Tudor, 20-16. In just 5 years, Roberts has not only introuduced girls lacrosse to the Far Eastside of Marion County, but he has turned WC Girls LAX into a top 10 team in the state. In a recent interview on "The Pit Zone," Roberts said that the next step is to create a feeder system at the elementary and middle school levels. Nevertheless, Coach Roberts hard work and dedication has made WC Girls LAX one of the most talked about programs on the Eastside. Again, congrats to Coach Gary Roberts!!
For most graduating high school seniors the month of May is filled with farewells and big celebrations. However, the WC Boys Track Team has experienced one of the most difficult and challenging months of their lives. On May 23, senior classmate Dijon Anderson passed away after being critically injured during a shooting on May 6. In addition, junior Angel Meijia died after being fatally injured during the same incident. The deaths of both Dijon and Angel left a school and community devastated. However, the WC Boys Track Team and head coach Eric Smith wanted to turn this tragedy into a triumph while at the same time uplifting a community. On May 18, the Warriors turned in an impressive performance and easily won the Warren Central Boys Track Sectional. The following Thursday, on May 25, the Warriors turned in their best performance of the year and won a very competitive IHSAA Regional Championship, the 15th in school history.
At Friday's IHSAA State Finals, held at IU Bloomington, the Warriors wanted to dedicate the day to the memory of their senior classmate, Dijon Anderson, by carrying a flag bearing the #3. The Boys Track seniors definitley left it on the track starting with Michael Tutsie. Tutsie, defensive football teammate of Dijon Anderson, placed (5th) in the state in the 300m Hurdles. On the awards podium, Tutsie threw up the #3 in memory of his good friend Dijon. Also, senior Bryce Byrdsong placed (8th) in the 110m Hurdles and (9th) in the 300m Hurdles. Sophomore Jordan Hodge placed (7th) in the 200m Dash in a time of (21.98). The 4x100m Relay team of Brian Glenn, Jordan Hodge, Tyland Sheard and George Jackson placed (4th) in the state. Finally, the relay team of Jalen Andrews, Dallace Jones, Chris Gutierrez and Tutsie placed (8th) in the state in the 4x400m Relay. The Warriors performance placed them 10th overall at the IHSAA Boys Track State Finals.
Though the Warriors will graduate some outstanding seniors the future looks bright for Coach Smith's team. The WC Boys Track Team inspired performances over the past 3 weeks has helped start the long process of healing a community. "3's up."
Congrats to senior WC Boys Basketball standout Tre'quan Spivey. On Thursday, Spivey made his college selection official and signed to play mens basketball at Indiana University at Kokomo.
Spivey, a 4 year varsity player for the Warriors, helped lead one of the best turn arounds and stories of the 2016-17 Boys Basketball season. The Warriors went from a record of (10-12) in Spivey's junior season, to a school record best (21-3). In addition, the Warriors were ranked #1 in the state, by the Associated Press, for the first time in school history. Spivey averaged 10 ppg, 2.7 ast and 3 reb in 24 games for the Warriors.
Good luck to Tre'quan and his family the next 4 years at IU Kokomo!! #JustaKid
In the summer of 2011, the Warren Central Girls Track program had undergone significant changes. From 2001-2010, the WC Girls Track program finished ten consecutive years in the Top 10 at the IHSAA State Finals. During this historical run led by head coaches Hope Sanders (2000-2006) and James Taylor (2007-2011) the Lady Warriors won 3 consecutive IHSAA State Championships (2006-2008) and 3 IHSAA State Runner-ups (2002, 2003, 2009). Insert Le'gretta Smith and her husband Steve Smith. Coach Le'gretta Smith was a former NCAA All-American track athlete at Long Beach State University and one of the architects behind the great Lawrence North Girls Track State Champion teams (2009 & 2011).
Coach Smith inherited an extremely young team that placed 47th at the IHSAA State Finals in her first year. In 2013, the Lady Warriors placed 21st. Then in 2014, Coach Smith landed her first big time middle school athlete from Creston Middle and her name was Kayland Jackson. Jackson made an immediate impact as a freshman with the Lady Warriors by placing HSR State Runner Up in the 60m Hurdles. In addition, Jackson had formed one of the best hurdle duos in the state of Indiana with teammate Caitlyn Redmon. Together, Jackson and Redmon helped lead the Lady Warriors back to track supremacy. In 2015, Jackson's sophomore year, the Lady Warriors were ranked #1 in the state of Indiana, MIC Champions, Marion County Champions, IHSAA Sectionals and Regionals Champions. At the IHSAA State Finals, Redmon and Jackson placed (1st) and (2nd), respectively, in the 100m Hurdles. Unfortunately, Pike edged out the Lady Warriors, 50-48, and had to settle for IHSAA State Runner Up.
Entering the 2016 Girls Track season, Warren Central was again ranked #1 in the state of Indiana; however, the Pike Lady Red Devils and their stud Lynna Irby were the slight favorite to repeat as state champions. With Redmon's graduation the leadership fell on the shoulders of junior Kayland Jackson. Jackson responded by posting an undefeated junior season in the 100m Hurdles and winning the IHSAA State Championship by running the third fastest time in history (14.00). Most importantly, Jackson's leadership helped the Lady Warriors capture the 2016 IHSAA Team State Championship, 70-48, over Pike. Coach Smith watched her squad go from 47th, in 2012, to state champions just 4 years later. In part, Kayland Jackson's impact had a lot to do with this resurgence of Warren Central Girls Track.
In Jackson's senior season she has once again posted an undefeated season and has set meet record after meet record. Heading into this weekends IHSAA State Finals, on Saturday, June 3, at the Indiana University Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, Jackson will have the opportunity to become one of the greatest Warren Central Girls Track athletes of all-time. With a second consecutive IHSAA State Championship in the 100m Hurdles, Jackson would join Lorian Price (02-03), Briana Cunningham (03), Candyce McGrone (06-08) and Logan Hayes (09-10) as multiple individual event IHSAA State Champions. In addition, Jackson would become the first repeat champion in the 100m Hurdles since Westview's Skyler Carpenter (2011, 2012). Finally, Jackson has earned a position on the 4x100m Relay team and hopes to add her first relay state title.
The word "legacy" means to leave something behind. With that being said, Kayland Jackson's legacy as one the greatest athletes in the history of Warren Central Girls Track is secure. Jackson will compete in the black and gold for the final time on June 3. Jackson's final mission will be to bring home another individual IHSAA State Championship in the 100m Hurdles and help the Lady Warriors win the programs 5th IHSAA State Title. Regardless, Jackson's impact, hard work, dedication and leadership has helped reestablish a Warren Central Girls Track program as the best in the state. Those days of placing 47th in the state are long gone thanks to Jackson.
Individual Accomplishments (100m Hurdles)
- HSR Indoor State Champion (Record Holder) (2017)
- MIC Champion (Record Holder) (2016, 2017)
- Marion County Champion (Record Holder) (2016, 2017)
- IHSAA Sectional Champion (Record Holder) (2016, 2017)
- IHSAA Regional Champion (Record Holder) (2016, 2017)
- IHSAA State Runner Up (2015)
- IHSAA State Champion (2016)
- IHSAA State Champion (????)
- HSR Indoor State Champions (2016, 2017)
- MIC Champions (2014-2017)
- Marion County Champions (2015-2017)
- IHSAA Sectional Champions (2014-2017)
- IHSAA Regional Champions (2014-2017)
- IHSAA State Meet (Top 5) (2014, 2015, 2016)
- IHSAA State Runner Up (2015)
- IHSAA State Champions (2016)
**WC Girls Track Ranked #1 in the State of Indiana for 3 consecutive years.